Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it has an important message about caring for bees, and because my dad loves bees and how much they help the world.
By Alison Formento
Illustrated by Sarah Snow
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Albert Whitman & Company on February 1, 2012
Theme/Topic – Environment, Bees, Counting, Nature
Opening and Synopsis – “Mr. Tate’s class loves taking field trips. Today their bus went to a farm.”
At first the kids thought it was strange that all there was on the farm were flowers and trees. Then they find out it is a bee farm and bees live there. Then they learn about how bees are so important to plants, flowers and us! They also listen to the buzzing of the bees and hear the bees’ song.
Why I liked this book – This is a great book for young kids to learn about how bees are very important. It also talks about how bees make honey. I like that during the “Bees’ song” the bees count up to ten, which also teaches young kids how to count. This is a great book for ALL ages! I love Ms. Formento’s book! I can’t wait to read her “These Trees Count” book and the newest book in the series, “These Seas Count”!
Activities and Resources –
There is a small section in the back of the book with information about bees. Ms. Formento has an AWESOME website! There is a lot of information about bees there (and her other books). Click HERE to check it out.
Ms. Formento also has a teacher’s resource guide that has a ton of information and activities about bees. Click HERE to get it.
I found some good information about honeybees at the National Geographic website HERE.
You can talk to your kids about how important honey bees are and also tell them about “Colony Collapse Disorder” ( disease that effect honey bees and causes an entire bee colony to disappear – you can read more about that HERE). Make a chart with your kid you can event use picture to do it. Show how you start with a honey bee and show how bees pollinate flowers and the flowers grow into food we eat or other animals eat and how it is all connected.
Here’s is a great video I found that shows how bees make honey.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE